A continuation of Saturday’s dominant display against Millwall will go along way to beating Sunderland tonight, declares Bolton Wanderers’ man mountain Zat Knight.
The Trotters troubled the Lions for large portions of the weekend’s Championship fixture, however a resolute Millwall defense held firm to earn a 1-1 draw at the Reebok.
But 32-year-old defender Knight believes any replication of Saturday’s form could be the key to overcoming the Premiership side in their FA Cup third round replay.
“I think we showed good character and belief [against Millwall] and now I hope that we can get on a good run,” said Knight
“But we just have to try and continue to create our chances and we will one day punish a team and hopefully we can now have a good end to the season.
“Hopefully we can put the performances in and the fans can stay with us. We need to take this spirit into the Sunderland game and have a get on a good run.
“I think if we can put in a good performance at the Stadium of Light then we can go into the Crystal Palace game with some belief and confidence.”
The first encounter between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw after goals from Sunderland’s Conor Wickham and Craig Gardner cancelled out strikes from Chung-Yong Lee and Marvin Sordell.
The Trotters travel to the Stadium of Light searching for their first win in 2013 and the possible return of American international Stuart Holden will give the Whites a timely boost.
The 27-year-old has endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining knee ligament damage while playing against Manchester United in March 2011.
Holden was signed by Sunderland in 2005, however injuries meant he never played for the club and was released after only six months in the northeast.
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